New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett’s Statement on SCOTUS Decision in FRIEDRICHS V. CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

HOOKSETT– Glenn Brackett, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold four decades of precedent that have protected our public employees:  “The Supreme Court handed working men and women a major victory yesterday,” said Brackett. “Here in New Hampshire, this ruling protects more than 80,000 public

Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Splaine Wants Union Workers Building Sewer Plant

Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Splaine Wants Union Workers Building Sewer Plant By Jeff McMenemy jmcmenemy@seacoastonline.com PORTSMOUTH — Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine said he will introduce a motion at the April 4 City Council meeting to have the city enter into a project labor agreement for the construction of the city’s new $83.4 million sewer plant on the city-owned

AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Volkswagen

AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Volkswagen AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Volkswagen Below is a statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Volkswagen’s continuing refusal to bargain with UAW Local 42: The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage

Vermont Becomes the Fifth State to Require Paid Sick Leave

Last week, the Vermont Legislature gave final approval to a bill that would guarantee working people paid sick days. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) is expected to sign the legislation. With his signature, Vermont will become the fifth state in the country to require paid sick days. An estimated 60,000 workers who don’t currently have access to paid

Remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott Remembering the Montgomery Bus Boycott Today is an important date in civil rights history. Eighty-nine African-Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities in Montgomery, Alabama, on Feb. 22, 1956, after being indicted under a 1921 law “prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful

Pope Brings Call for Dignity and Solidarity to the Border

The labor movement is welcoming Pope Francis back to North America this week and joining with those celebrating his historic visit to the U.S.–Mexico border. His visit brings a much-needed message of solidarity at a time when immigrants, refugees and working people are increasingly under attack. Pope Brings Call for Dignity and Solidarity to the

Surprise, Surprise! They're Lying to You About Voter ID Laws

Supporters of strict voter identification laws argue that they are needed to prevent voter fraud and that they aren’t designed to suppress anyone’s vote. We’ve already known for quite a while that voter fraud is largely a myth. Research from the 2014 election shows that voter ID laws suppress the votes of Democrats at more than twice the

Postal Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again)

    By Debby Szeredy, Executive Vice President/American Postal Workers Union Did you know that the United States had a successful Postal Savings System for more than fifty years? From 1911-1967, working Americans could open a savings account at their local post office, guaranteed through the full faith and credit of the United States and
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